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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4
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You can make anything more delicious, even an all-time family favorite, with these easy-to-make-easier-to-finish Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders. This is a perfect recipe to put together whenever you need a quick and tasty meal! The not-so-secret secret ingredients for these oven-baked fried chicken tenders are panko bread crumbs, Gold Medal™ flour and yes, a whole lot of love.
Updated Sep 26, 2023
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What Are Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders?

Juicy, crispy tenders without the frying mess? Yes, please! These hand-breaded Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders are extra easy to make, and they’re sure to be a hit at your next family dinner or get-together. It’s easy to learn how to make chicken tenders like this, too. All you have to do is mix up your breadcrumb mixture, coat your chicken and bake. You’ll be taking hot, tasty chicken tenders out of the oven before you know it!

How to Store Leftover Chicken Tenders

Our homemade chicken tenders are best served fresh from the oven, but you can save leftovers for up to three days. Refrigerate them in a sealed container and use your oven or air fryer to reheat them for an easy snack or meal. Be sure to heat tenders until centers reach at least 165°F.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ All Purpose Flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup from 1 box (8 oz) Progresso™ Plain Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/4 lb (20 oz) chicken breast tenders (from two 14-oz packages)
  • Favorite dipping sauce, if desired
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In shallow dish, place flour. In another shallow dish, beat egg and water. In third shallow dish, mix bread crumbs and cheese. Coat chicken with flour; dip into egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in center and coating is golden brown. Serve with dipping sauce.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    A quick dredging in the flour, then egg before the final panko-Parmesan dip guarantees that the crispy coating will stick to the chicken once it's baked.
  • tip 2
    Get air circulating for crunch—arrange the coated tenders on a wire cooling rack that has been sprayed with cooking spray on a rimmed baking pan. Bake in the hot oven until golden brown.
  • tip 3
    Switch up this recipe for Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders with different dips. Mix a spoonful of basil pesto in a good mayonnaise, some plain Greek yogurt with a lot of chopped fresh dill and lemon zest, ranch dressing with crumbled bacon and lots of freshly ground pepper stirred in—or just straight-up barbecue sauce.
  • tip 4
    For extra-crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders, drizzle them with a couple of tablespoons of melted butter before baking.
  • tip 5
    Try substituting Progresso™ Italian Style Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs for the Progresso™ Plain Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs in this Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know When My Chicken Tenders Are Done?

You’ll want to ensure that your poultry reaches the proper temperature while cooking. Your baked chicken tenders are done when their breadcrumb coating looks golden-brown and the chicken is no longer pink in the center (at least 165°F). Enjoy!

What Is the Difference Between Chicken Tenders and Chicken Strips?

Wondering if chicken tenders are the same thing as chicken strips? They certainly look similar, but there’s a key difference. Chicken tenders are made from a specific cut of white meat near the breast (the tenderloin), while chicken strips are typically made by cutting a chicken breast into strips.

What Are the Best Sauces for Chicken Tenders?

There are so many yummy sauces you can serve with your Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders—like smoky barbecue, creamy ranch or spicy Buffalo. Keep things simple with a bottled favorite, or whip up your own. Consider setting out a few different options so that guests can dress up their homemade chicken tenders however they like. Try a combination of sweet, savory and spicy choices for a spread that everyone will love. See tip #3 for even more sauce ideas!

Want to make chicken tenders with a different flavor twist? The options are endless! Get started with our recipes for Honey Sriracha Chicken Tenders and Tennessee Hot Fried Chicken Tenders.

Nutrition

330 Calories, 18g Total Fat, 18g Protein, 23g Total Carbohydrate, 0g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
160
Total Fat
18g
28%
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
105mg
35%
Sodium
670mg
28%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
18g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%
6%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Panko breadcrumbs are what give these breaded chicken tenders such a light, crunchy coating. The result is more like the kind of chicken tenders you can order at a restaurant. But, unlike restaurant versions, these tenders can boast the better-for-you preparation method of baking, not frying. If you’re wondering why panko crumbs are really such a game-changer, taste for yourself and be convinced. Long a staple of Asian cuisine, they’ve gained newfound popularity in Western dishes as a coating or crunchy topping. Panko crumbs are larger in size and lighter in texture than regular breadcrumbs which makes them perfect for a crispy coating, with no frying necessary. Check out more of Betty’s best chicken recipes.
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